A birthday full of…

Hiiii 😀 Happy Friday!! We’re actually on the road to Jacksonville right now for a fun little project 😀

We love road trips 😉


It feels SO WEIRD because we’re traveling without dogs!!! Viesa is at the kennel (which she loves) and Bella is at Meara’s house playing with her two Shelties. We feel like the parents who got a baby sitter and went out on a date – let’s see what kind of shenanigans we get into 😉

So my bday was pretty much amazing. Having the pilot home was probably the best gift ever –we’ve only each had one birthday with each other out of the 4 years we’ve been together- and that, on top of all of the lovely bday wishes from all over made it a fabulous day 😀

It was a birthday full of…



The pilot made these on the grill and marinated them in Earth Balance, garlic, lemon juice, Texas Pete and paprika



‘Choke that the pilot made with dinner, and my veggie-filled lunch of roasted brussels, summer squash, onion and okra on a bed of spiralized zucchini with Annie’s Goddess dressing


Roasted spiralized sweet tater with chili powder, sea salt and cayenne


Bday love

-Jeni stopped by and brought gifts and cards from her and Ashley (who’s out of town) 😀

-An awesome package from my Dad’s side of the familia


Including the cutest measuring cups I’ve ever seen


and a super SASSY kitchen brush!!!

Check out her HAIR!


So freaking cute!!!

-An almond butter replenishment package from my good friend HEABY 😀


TWO jars of beloved Trader Joe’s almond butter, dried bananner and almonds with a wonderful card—love you, HEAB!!

-A gorgeous personalized card from the amazing Gliding Calm


She cut out pics of all of the things I love 😀 So insanely awesome- thank you GC!

Bday card stash!



Not only the goofy toga yoga….


I also did a 60 minute Yoga To the People podcast with the guest room heated to a glorious 90* 😀

And last, but certainly not least….

Pizookie! Pizookie! Pizooooookkkkiiiiieeeeeee!


I made a small batch of my vegan almond butter chocolate chip cookies, pressed them into individual tart pans for the pilot and I and baked them for 8 minutes, so they were still nice and gooey. Topped with Coconut Bliss vanilla ice cream, almond butter and more chocolate chips 😀


It ended my bday with a proper foodgasm followed by some snuggling on the couch watching Confessions of a Shopaholic. The plot was as thin as that green scarf, but I’d been wanting to see it and the pilot was a good sport 😉

We’re just getting into Jax and I’m going to publish this from the glorious complimentary WiFi at Beefcake and Noble, then it’s adventure time 😀

See you soon!



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  1. Sarah Jayne on November 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    You were totally the queen of your day! What an awesome birthday. Enjoy civilization 🙂

  2. TonjaToi on November 13, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Sounds like an awesome bday was had. You deserve it! Have a fun weekend w/ your man.

  3. Katie on November 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    You know that’s how parents end up with another kid 😉

    Sounds like an aweomse bday! Enjoy the weekend.

    I want those measuring cups where did she get them? They are too cute!

    • Fitnessista on November 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm

      they’re from pier 1 😀

  4. Cate on November 13, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Jax? Heck yeah!

    See you for some steamy yoga at http://www.mbodyyoga.com… Saturday at 9:30am and Sunday at 9:00am!

    And don’t forget to stop by http://www.lululemon.com/jacksonville/stjohnscenter

    Happy Birthday!!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm

      if we were staying the night, i would TOTALLY be there
      i’ll definitely be stopping by lulu though 😀
      have a great day!

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    You got so many awesome gifts! 🙂 Glad you had a good day. Have an awesome time in Jacksonville!

  6. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on November 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    That birthday cookie looks AMAZING!! Glad you had a great b-day 🙂

  7. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on November 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    What a wonderful birthday Gina! I read in your post yesterday that you were going to go buy more almond butter, and I was thinking…”No, just wait for the mailman.”

    Your birthday dinner looked amazing. I’m so making something like that cookie for myself on my birthday…or maybe just for breakfast tomorrow. 😉

  8. Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) on November 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    What a wonderful birthday!! I love those measuring cups, and pizookie of course!!!


  9. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on November 13, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    OMG I love pizookie! That would be gift enough for me! Those measuring cups are super cute too.. Glad you had a fab bday!

  10. Courtney on November 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Oh my gosh Gina, where on earth did your dad’s family find those measuring cups??! I may have to add those to my Christmas wish list 😉 Have a fun roadtrip!

    • Fitnessista on November 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm

      pier 1!!! they know me so well 😀

  11. Jen (Running With Cake) on November 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Don’t ya love it when you have a really good birthday? What could be better than good food, great presents, and a boy to share it all with you!

  12. VeggieGirl on November 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Best. birthday. celebration. ever.

  13. Shelby on November 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    HOLY YUM! That pizooke looks INSANELY DELICIOUS! I seriously want to make one now!

    Ooo and love the b-day card stash, I love hanging them all up. My b-day was in July but they are all still on my bulliten board!

  14. Marshall on November 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I’m glad you had an awesome birthday fellow Scorpio! You guys are such a cute couple 🙂

  15. simpledaisy on November 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Happy, Happy Birthday!! It looks like you had a fabulous time:)

  16. K on November 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Aw yay!! Looks like you enjoyed a fantastic birthday! You deserved it all!

    Have fun without the fur babies, you crazy kids 😉

  17. Priyanka on November 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Hey Gina! Happy (belated) birthday!! Looks like you had a great time!

  18. Jenn (eating bender) on November 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    What a happy happy birthday, Gina! Annnnnd you may be receiving another fashionably late card today or tomorrow. I sent it on Wednesday so hope it will be there when you get home 🙂

    I love all the eats! It was definitely a delicious day and the blog love is just amazing. Bloggers are the best – period.

  19. The Healthy Hostess on November 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    So glad your birthday was fantastic! I am going to make your almond butter choc. chip cookies for my fam for Thanksgiving!

  20. rhodeygirl on November 13, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    awesome birthday my friend! Welcome to the mid-20s haha!

    I have that same brush, except my girl has long hair! I still haven’t used it because I don’t want to ruin the pretty packaging!

  21. Diane on November 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Glad you had a good birthday! 🙂 That pizookie looks amazingggg. Hope you have fun in Jacksonville!

  22. Jenna on November 13, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    great dinner by the pilot!
    great gifts and cards!
    that pizzokie looks to die for 🙂 yummmmm!

  23. Kristie on November 13, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    What a dinner! What a birthday! Sounds like it was pretty darn perfect.

  24. Mama Pea on November 13, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    See what I mean? Even trying to look freaky, you are gorgeous. So glad you had a great day!

  25. Gina G on November 13, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    im so glad you had an great birthday gina! dont ever stop smiling (expect when you and the pilot do the serious face ofcourse 😉

  26. Tieghan on November 13, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I have a question. How do you get you zucchini and other veggies to spiral like spaghetti?

  27. Nikka @ neekadeek on November 13, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    What a great birthday!!! You celebrated in all the right ways! Enjoy your adventure w/o the kids 🙂

  28. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on November 13, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    So glad you had an awesome day!!! You deserve it!

  29. Kat on November 14, 2009 at 1:37 am

    yay for happy birthdays! are you still looking for a new home for Viesa? how old is she? email me at katmotl@yahoo.com … we might be interested 😉

  30. The Voracious Vegan on November 14, 2009 at 1:57 am

    I love your birthday eats, especially that adorable almond butter cookie. Happy Birthday, hope you are having a great time on your road trip adventure!

  31. Stephanie @ Foodie McFood on November 14, 2009 at 10:59 am

    What a yummy pizookie!Glad it was so good and I think you have inspired me to go buy shrimp. 🙂

  32. Erin on November 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Happy Birthday Gina!! That pizookie looks so good!
    PS – You have such great hair!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2009 at 11:39 pm

      thank you! <3

  33. Jessica on November 16, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Happy belated bday G!!

    Adorable measuring cups. Foodgasmic pazookiiii!!!! Ahhh that looks so good! And the goddess-topped veggies sounds amaze too!!

  34. Kiley on November 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    That is an amazing spread of food, and the kicker of the Pizookie & Coconut Bliss!
    My goodness 🙂
    You have all of us here in the Coconut Bliss office drooling, thanks for the idea & I’m glad you have a fantastic Birthday!

    • Fitnessista on November 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm

      pizookie is my favorite way to enjoy coconut bliss… besides eating it straight out of the container with a dollop of almond butter 😉
      my favorite ice cream, hands down 😀
      thank you for the bday wish and for checking out my little blog <3

  35. glidingcalm on November 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    awww so happy you had a great bday!!!

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